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Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

531 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Outburst in a refreshingly bitter Imperial IPA. With 80 IBUs, and 8.5% ABV, our dry-hopped Imperial IPA delivers a bold taste with a massive hop flavor.

(Beer added by: djbreezy on 04-30-2010)
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-17-2013 05:40:55 | More by vermilcj
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Docrock

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

10-17-2013 04:12:43 | More by Docrock
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint. The small print on the label identifies the beer as a "dry-hopped India pale ale". No freshness date, but I bought it at a discount as if they were trying to get rid of it ($2.44 for a bomber). India Pale Ale shouldn't lose its freshness for a long time. I think this may have been sitting around the store for 3-4 months, if not longer.

The reason I mention this is because the lapse of time tends to mellow out the hops. And, since IPA was highly hopped primarily as a preservative measure (along with the elevated alcohol) so that it could survive the long sea voyage to India, my own personal theory is that, by the time the beer got to India, the hops had mellowed and aged to the point where an average Englishman could pronounce it good pale ale. I think the people of that day and age (and certainly many English and Americans in our own), would have thought the fresh stuff too bitter. Were it possible to actually taste the IPA of a hundred years ago, properly aged, I surmise that it would be considered under hopped, at least to American tastes, and perhaps to the British and Indians as well.

An average pour produces about an inch of creamy white, billowy head. This sticks to the sides quite well, and hangs around for the duration, after dissipating to about 1/8 inch within about 2 minutes. The beer is moderately carbonated and is orange-copper in color, with just a touch of haze.

The aroma-flavor is extremely hoppy and in your face bold, as you might expect. The nose becomes accustomed to it rather quickly however, so that it soon strikes one about the same as an American pale ale. The beer is quite bitter on the tongue, with aroma-flavors suggesting the usual grapefruit and pine, with a hard edge of grapefruit rind and pine sawdust. Despite the hops, you can actually taste some bready malt with also a distinct malt-o-meal aftertaste. It also has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Definitely some substance here.

This is well-balanced for the style, and obviously a good value at $2.44 for a bomb-load. As alluded to in my sermon above, the hops probably mellowed out a little with aging. I wonder what this would taste like in another 5-6 months? Like a good pale ale?

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 03:42:27 | More by archyquaffer
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DerekCarruth

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

10-15-2013 14:25:41 | More by DerekCarruth
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy orange yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with slight hints of caramel malts, the latter of which becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish along with notes of orange citrus and hints of sour grapefruit. With all of the bitterness, you'll definitely notice that this beer was dry hopped.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might not have the interesting hop aromas and flavors compared to other Imperial IPAs, but it definitely is bitter. If you could get by the bitterness, the beer isn't that difficult to drink because any traces of alcohol are very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 19:50:36 | More by metter98
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migwell

Massachusetts

3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reading reviews on this site has convinced me that I'm a handicapped person. Reason: my sense of smell is actually very limited. I have never before really felt that this was a problem in my life, but of course, it has to do with more than just scent, since the subtleties of flavor are also dependent on a refined sniffer to differentiate the finer distinctions of taste. Thus my reviews, more dependent on drinkability than flavor.

This particular offering seems to me to be pretty much the usual DIPA, since my perceptions are somewhat limited, but what I don't like about it is the obvious alcohol content, undisguised by maltiness, hops or flavor. So many other DIPA's do a much better job at this... sometimes to my detriment (I'm thinking of you, Lagunitas Maximus!)

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 22:08:01 | More by migwell
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Jame515

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-28-2013 17:19:55 | More by Jame515
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BigJYoungblood

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-25-2013 05:54:37 | More by BigJYoungblood
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atomicskier1889

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-20-2013 02:29:23 | More by atomicskier1889
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SerpentX

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-16-2013 04:57:42 | More by SerpentX
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tkmountain

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-14-2013 20:14:10 | More by tkmountain
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davegray

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-14-2013 03:33:32 | More by davegray
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.2%

09-14-2013 03:24:00 | More by Beerlover
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Cooker_stp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

09-11-2013 16:49:50 | More by Cooker_stp
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Beer21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-11-2013 04:26:53 | More by Beer21
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Braz

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-10-2013 23:49:04 | More by Braz
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Jackal

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-07-2013 03:23:43 | More by Jackal
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Aimo

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

09-05-2013 05:11:47 | More by Aimo
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Chimay Chalice

A - Pours a hazy orange/amber color, one finger soapy head, nice lacing.
S - Nice Pine and earthy hop aromas up front, then comes some really ripe fruit. Melon, papaya, orange. Some weird burnt caramel smell too, but its strangely not too bad.
T - Big orange and citrus, as well as a toasted caramel with some mild alcohol warmth.
M - Big feeling IPA, very chewy and mildly bitter.
O - A good Double IPA, lots of flavor, depends on what your profiles are, but its something just a tad different. Its geared more at an east coast style wit the malt. Good job by pyramid though.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:42:49 | More by Omnium
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zestd

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-31-2013 06:20:33 | More by zestd
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-29-2013 18:34:19 | More by GraduatedCashew
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BierStein711

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A SURPRISE FROM THE WIFE! I have now enjoyed half of the six pack, and now I feel confident to compose a review.

Appearance is red to amber brown, with pale gold at the bottom. A two finger tan, the color of deer hid quickly disappears to bubbles. Carbonation is pleasant, and not overpowering, furthermore this is just a smooth beer.

Smells: Grapefruit, pine, and bread pudding. Of course not a sweet smell, but an opening one.

Tastes: Pine, alcohol, and lemon zest. At the finish you can really taste the booze.

Mouthfeel: Thick and warming, not as warming as Old Raspy of course, but not too many people are comfortable in long beards, hair shirts, and priestly vestments.

Overall, this is a good beer. A grand Double IPA that does it's job well. Refreshes, and relaxes!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 04:09:02 | More by BierStein711
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Smokezz

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-28-2013 05:20:32 | More by Smokezz
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of carbonation which formed a large head, almost four fingers thick, which filled up almost half the glass despite some careful pouring, and tested my patience greatly. The aroma was quite citric (grapefruit, tangerine) with some floral undertones. The taste continued on the citric theme, with a tart bitterness, and a slightly spicy finish. Very clean malt presence contributed a balancing sweetness, and some tropical fruit flavors. Quite a sticky presence in the mouth, with lots of mouth coating feeling. Aftertaste was spicy and bit boozy. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 04:33:22 | More by rajendra82
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Kaveman

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.2%

08-26-2013 02:34:10 | More by Kaveman
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.